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Education, Economy and Society

Education, Culture and the Singapore Developmental State

World-Soul Lost and Regained?

Authors: Chia, Y.

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This book explores the role of education in the formation of the Singapore developmental state. The book provides a historical study of citizenship education in Singapore, whereby a comparative study of history, civics and social studies curricula, and the politics and policies that underpin them are examined.

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Yeow-Tong Chia is Lecturer at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Reviews

“Chia’s book is a commendable effort to document and analyse five decades of citizenship education in Singapore. … The book is useful reading for academics who wish to obtain deeper insight into how the Singapore state has tried to shape citizenship education to its preferred purposes. … the impact of recent demographic changes in Singapore and the advent of social media on citizenship education makes fertile ground for future researchers.” (Jason Tan, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Vol. 37 (2), April, 2017)

“A comprehensive account of Singapore’s citizenship education by providing intimate insights into the education experiences of teachers, curriculum planners and Members of Parliament, while maintaining his distance as an academic, critiquing the government’s intentions, implementation of policies and programmes and the works of other scholars. … provides a useful perspective for policymakers and academics to study curriculum changes in other nation states and to mediate the future of citizenship education in Singapore.” (British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 64 (3), 2016)


"This book provides an insightful analysis of policies to create a sense of national identity in Singapore. Through an analysis of policy documents and interviews, Chia documents changing conceptions of citizenship, and citizenship education. Chia notes that while state formation founded on economic growth has been successful, that growth and the state's distribution policies have made the fostering of an authentic and deep rooted sense of citizenship more problematic in the new century. A valuable addition to the Asian citizenship literature in particular, and citizenship literature globally." - S. Gopinathan, Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

"Education, Culture and the Singapore Developmental State provides a highly original and important case study of forging national identity through education. His research suggests that educational changes were driven by the state's deep sense of vulnerability in Singapore's economic and geo-political milieu and the perceived fragility in Singapore's social fabric. His research illustrates the strong relationship between the state and society in shaping citizenship education curriculum and programs, and thus also contributes to research on education and state formation. While Dr. Chia's work focuses on the unique elements of Singapore education and state-building in the post-1955 era, he situates his topic within internationally current themes and issues relating to multiculturalism, history, public memory, citizenship and state-building. This book will make an important contribution not only to the growth of community understanding within Singapore, but in history and citizenship education circles around the globe." Ruth Sandwell, Associate Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada

"Singapore has often been viewed as the quintessential 'development state.' This volume gives a vivid depiction of the ways in which successive waves of curricular reform most notably in the teaching of history have shaped the minds of young citizens. A meticulous analysis of primary documents over a 50 year period provides striking insights into the educational and cultural underpinnings of a uniquely Asian approach to state formation. A provocative and highly readable account!" - Ruth Hayhoe, Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Education and the Developmental State: The Importance of Culture

    Chia, Yeow-Tong

    Pages 1-14

  • Education, the Colonial State and the Crisis of Merdeka

    Chia, Yeow-Tong

    Pages 15-37

  • Crisis of National Survival: The Sudden Birth of a Republic and the Rise of the Developmental State

    Chia, Yeow-Tong

    Pages 38-66

  • The Crisis of “Deculturalization” and the Invention of “Asian Values”

    Chia, Yeow-Tong

    Pages 67-96

  • The Crises of Legitimacy and National Identity and the Intensification of Asian Values: From Religious Knowledge to “Shared Values”

    Chia, Yeow-Tong

    Pages 97-125

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-37460-8
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Hardcover $100.00
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Softcover $100.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-47700-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Education, Culture and the Singapore Developmental State
Book Subtitle
World-Soul Lost and Regained?
Authors
Series Title
Education, Economy and Society
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37460-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137374608
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37459-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47700-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 263
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